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SABIC deepens collaboration with Bruckner to encourage circular material use in film manufacturing

October 08/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- SABIC, a global leader in diversified chemicals, is pleased to announce its recent collaboration with a leader in film manufacturing technologies, Bruckner Maschinenbau, as per the company's press release.

This industry-leading innovation combines SABICís certified circular BOPP and BOPE materials with Brucknerís world leading manufacturing technology for flexible packaging. The collaboration aims to encourage flexible packaging manufacturers to use SABICís TRUCIRCLE solutions for certified circular polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) to create more sustainable products.

The certified circular products from SABICís TRUCIRCLE portfolio are made from feedstock recycling of difficult to recycle post-consumer used plastics. Its certified circular BOPP polymer uses recycled material without compromising on quality. Meaning the performance of the film including the stiffness toughness balance, barrier properties and hot fill requirements are met, whilst meeting the food compliance standards, high product purity and safety requirements. This most recent combination of Bruckner and SABICís technological innovations has resulted in the creation of a unique platform to produce specialized BOPP (biaxially-oriented polypropylene) films. These films can be used for various flexible applications such as labels, tape and food packaging such as confectionary, snacks, baked good, dried fruits, pasta and fresh food packaging.

As the world-leading biax-film machine manufacturer, Bruckner tested SABICís certified circular BOPP material in their own technology center as a drop-in solution for biax-film applications. Trials demonstrated once again that BOPP films made from SABICís certified circular polypropylene is fully in line with industryís need for more sustainability-focused solutions without any compromises on quality. The materialís processability and stretchability performance was shown to be on a parr with the best performing reference materials.

Dr. Stefan Seibel, Head of New Technologies, Bruckner Maschinenbau, said: ďFlexible packaging converters are expanding their range of applications and offer a polypropylene which incorporates recycled content as a drop-in solution and viable alternative to existing biax-film lines, offering added sustainability benefits without affecting quality. This is a huge step forward in our journey towards closing the loop across the plastics value chain and working together to create a circular economy.Ē

Mark Vester, Circular Economy Leader at SABIC, said: ďWith Brucknerís machinery and processing expertise, convertors can take full advantage of our innovative TRUCIRCLE solutions and integrate it into their flexible packaging. SABIC and Bruckner are working together to find further solutions to improve the recyclability of packaging films and enable manufacturers to create more sustainable products which will help to drive forward the circularity of our industry.Ē

SABICís TRUCIRCLE portfolio and services is a considerable milestone on the journey towards closing the loop and creating a circular economy for plastics. It showcases SABICís circular innovations and can help manufacturers reduce plastic waste by using more sustainable materials. The TRUCIRCLE portfolio spans design for recyclability, mechanically recycled products, certified circular products from feedstock recycling of used plastic and certified renewables products from bio-based feedstock.

Bruckner and SABIC have previously collaborated to create more sustainable materials for the packaging industry. In 2019, both companies worked together to successfully introduce BOPE films into the market. These films are based on raw material developments, which offer completely new possibilities for the film and packaging industry. Currently there is a strong need to develop mono-material PE based flexible packaging to fit with existing collection and recycling operations. This collaboration has demonstrated a positive step to contribute to these needs.

As MRC informed before, SABIC has recently launched a sustainable packaging solution for frozen food which combines a new PE grade with innovative film production technology. Compared to conventional blow PE film solutions, it offers significantly higher throughput and also has potential for down-gauging, making it attractive from both a commercial and sustainability standpoint.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's overall PE production totalled 1,712,400 tonnes in the first seven months of 2020, up by 58% year on year. Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) accounted for the greatest increase in the output. At the same time, overall PP production in Russia increased in January-July 2020 by 24% year on year to 1,063,700 tonne. ZapSibNeftekhim accounted for the main increase in the output.

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) ranks among the world"s top petrochemical companies. The company is among the world"s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, bioplastics, PP, PE, LLDPE, BOPET films, BOPP films, recikling, packaging, Sabic, Russia, Saudi Arabia.
Category:General News
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